Mo Brooks’ entire political career has been a sometimes-comic combination of “fake it til you make it” and “never let a good crisis go to waste.” The Congressman who is too terrified to hold public meetings with constituents lest someone shoot at him ask an uncomfortable question has, unbelievably, sunk to a new low with a recent campaign ad:
The ad – which promotes Brooks’ stance in supporting the Second Amendment, granting the right to bear arms — opens with the sound of gunfire, which Brooks said was audio taken from a video of a passerby of the Capitol Police returning fire on Hodginkinson.
The ad also includes the detail that Brooks, who was at the practice, removed his belt to use as a tourniquet to assist one of the wounded.
Some people were not amused:
Brett Horton, Scalise’s chief of staff, tweeted that Brooks’ ad “makes my stomach turn.”
In Brooks’ mind, this is all wrapped up in the 2nd Amendment and, he implies, things would have gone differently on that ball field if only Mo had been packing…
“That is a real life statement after having been through a gun battle when over a hundred shots were fired while unable to defend myself because of Washington D.C.’s restrictive gun laws that prohibit me from carrying the Glock pistol that I own.“
Well, let’s “unpack” that statement, why don’t we?
- The practice was held in Virginia, not DC, so Brooks could have had his Glock.
- Where would Brooks’ Glock been during practice? Is he packing on second base? Let’s hope the safety is on before he tries to steal third.
- Trained, armed members of the Capitol Police were on hand and responded quickly. What help could Mo have offered? As Alabama legislator Bill Holtzclaw pointed out in 2013, simply having a gun doesn’t make you a marksman or expert in handling “the chaos factor” of an active shooter situation.
“I have a shotgun and a handgun and I target shoot. I can hit my target most of the time with the .38 and 95+% of the time with the shotgun. But before each shot, I have to take a second or two to check my stance, slow my breathing, and aim. At no time am I hiding behind furniture, checking my back for an assailant, dealing with panicked bystanders running in front of me, or afraid for my life.”
Mo is proving himself to be the 2nd most self-serving, self-absorbed narcissist currently serving in Washington. One thing and one thing only matters: winning the next election.
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